Chambers USA 2014 Again Ranks Seward & Kissel in Band 1 for Transportation: Shipping: Finance: Nationwide (New York)

May 27, 2014

Seward & Kissel LLP is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has again ranked the Firm in Band 1 for Transportation: Shipping: Finance: Nationwide (New York), with four of our partners recognized as “Key Individuals”: Larry Rutkowski, Gary Wolfe, Rob Lustrin and Mike Timpone.

Summarizing its independent research, Chambers USA noted that Seward & Kissel retains a “strong practice with expertise in corporate finance, capital markets and taxation relating to the shipping industry. [The Group] handles various issues arising from private equity and M&A transactional activity, including litigation and bankruptcy proceedings.” Chambers USA also noted that sources referred to Seward & Kissel’s maritime and shipping finance team as “very prominent in maritime finance, especially capital markets.” “Whether markets are up or down, they have a good skill set to offer clients very good value.”

Notable Practitioners

Maritime group head Larry Rutkowski is regarded as “one of the top guys in the US, and maybe the world” when it comes to shipping finance. He has particular expertise in joint ventures and M&A, and clients admire his “clear and helpful advice.”

Gary Wolfe is praised as a “leader in the securities market practice – he’s very well thought of.” His high-profile clients include Ship Finance International, as well as other foreign and domestic issuers and investment banks.

Rob Lustrin is well regarded for his practice focusing on corporate shipping transactions. His experience includes registered offerings of equity, and advising public company clients in corporate and securities law matters.

Mike Timpone represents foreign and domestic banks, and is lauded as “a very good lawyer; technically good, and very client-oriented.” His additional experience in business transactions such as joint ventures and asset finance enables him to offer clients a broad and comprehensive service.